Bill Anderson was born September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto and Audrey Anderson. He was raised on the family farm. He attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later enrolled in Lakeside School in Seattle and graduated in 1946.
His interest in entertainment was evident while he was at college, where he was involved in the launch of a television station, as well as working as a disc jockey. He came to the Islands in 1955 and worked on ‘The Kini Popo Show’ (the first morning television show in Hawai‘i.) A couple films and a Nestlé’s Quik commercial, later; then a new project ... and (under his stage name ‘Adam West’) he starred as Batman (the debut was January 12, 1966.)